Maternity Weight Influences Baby's Risk of Autism

A team of research psychiatrists at the University of Utah recently published the findings of a study comparing a woman's weight before and during pregnancy with the risk of her child being diagnosed in the autism spectrum disorders (ASD). ... read more »

Lifetime Autism Price Tag $2 Million Plus

A study puts the lifelong price tag for living with autism at roughly $2.4 million (£1.414 million). ... read more »

Autism May be Linked to Jaundice

There is no known, clear-cut cause of Autism, so researchers are constantly looking for some connection between environmental, medical and social aspects of life ... read more »

Back to Back Pregnancies May Increase Risk of Autism

When one pregnancy is immediately followed by another within one year of birth, researchers report there could be an increased risk of autism in the second child. ... read more »

Autism Symptoms Affected by Birth Timing

Researchers at Michigan State University has revealed a connection between pre-term and post-term delivery and certain autism symptoms. ... read more »

Fruit Fly Study Reveals Possible Key to Autism

Some of the classic characteristics of the autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) describe a state of sensory overload - colors are too bright, light too intense, sounds too vivid, touch too acute, and odors that overwhelm. ... read more »

Family Pet Boosts Autistic Child’s Social Skills

A research scientist at the University of Missouri refers to pets as “social lubricants,” so effective that even autistic children develop improved social skills when there’s a pet in the family. ... read more »

Desire To Be Other Gender Higher in Autistic, ADHD Kids

Children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) were found to be more inclined to wish they were the opposite gender. ... read more »

Autistic Brains Never Stop, Stay Busy Even During Seep

A study has resulted in the discovery of what may be the key to understanding the deeply introspective nature of so many people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. ... read more »

Girls’ Autism Symptoms Usually Subtle, Delaying Diagnosis

A study finds that girls' symptoms of autism are so different than boys’ symptoms that girls are often misdiagnosed or their diagnosis comes much later than most boys’ diagnoses. ... read more »

Parents' Ages Influence Children's Risk of Autism

A new study “like no other” indicates parental age as an influence on the child’s risk. This study shows “for the first time that autism risk is associated with disparately aged parents..." ... read more »

Discovered: First Gene Strongly Associated with Autism

An international team of researchers has discovered a gene that is more strongly associated with autism than any other to date. ... read more »

Parent Training Improves Behaviors of Autistic Children

A new study identifies a 24-week program that trains parents of autistic children how to handle their disruptive behavior and outbursts with superior results. ... read more »

Autistic Children Often Creatively Advanced

Parents may have already suspected this but a recent British study confirms people with autistic characteristics are often more creatively advanced than their peers. ... read more »

Experts Recommend 3-Step Diagnostic Process for Autism

A new study of two different kinds of genetic tests identified ASD in a small number of patients, leading the test’s authors to recommend a 3-step diagnostic process when autism is suspected. ... read more »

Could Autism's Rise Be Due to Diagnostic Pattern Shifts?

Parents and medical professionals alike are justifiably alarmed at the skyrocketing rise in the disorder, especially since there are no real answers for what actually causes autism. ... read more »

Sodium Valproate Linked to Autism Risk

A recent study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry found a connection between the drug sodium valproate and increased risk of neurological disorders, including autism. ... read more »

Placenta May Hold Key to Early Autism Diagnosis

Researchers recently published a study that could hold the key to early diagnosis of autism, giving parents and clinicians time to plan treatment and provide the best care imaginable for children with autism. The key is in the placenta. ... read more »

Inducing Labor Does Not Induce Autism

Studies in recent years have hinted at a link between using thissynthetic hormone ' oxytocin ' to induce or augment labor and theincidence of autism in the child. ... read more »

Vitamin D Supplementation May Lower Autism Risk

People with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have less of the hormones attributed to social behavior: oxytocin, serotonin, and vasopressin. But vitamin D can stimulate the production of these hormones. ... read more »

Neurons Associated with Autism Found in Prefrontal Cortex

Researchers at the University of California found excessive neuron development in the prefrontal cortex in boys with autism. The neurons affect the part of the brain responsible for social development. ... read more »

Valproate Linked to Increased Risk of Autism

Valproate is currently prescribed to women in child-bearing yearsfor the treatment of neuropsychological disorders and epilepsy, butaccording to a study published in JAMA's April 24th issue, Valproate may be linked to increased risk of autism. ... read more »

Genetic Mutations Linked to Paternal Age

Hollywood stars are known for waiting later in life to start families, but researchers say men who wait longer may be increasing the risk of passing genetic mutations like autism on to offspring. ... read more »

Parental Age and Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) may be associated with parental age during pregnancy. A Finnish study reports associations between various ASDs and parental age starting in the teenage years. ... read more »

Dad’s Biological Clock Just as Important as Mom’s

A major study that compared the psychiatric health and academicachievement of siblings gives strong support to the theory that dad'sbiological clock exists and may be just as important as mom's. ... read more »

New Study: Autism Begins in the Womb

The mystery of autism is one step closer to being solved, thanks to a meticulous study conducted by researchers in Washington and California. The team discovered that autism begins in the womb. ... read more »

Folic Acid Reduces Risk of Autism Disorder

Observational research shows taking folic acid (folate) supplements for four weeks prior to pregnancy and continuing for eight weeks after pregnancy reduces the risk of a child developing an autism disorder. ... read more »

The B Vitamin No Woman Should Be Without

There are eight B vitamins, all of which are essential to human life, but one B vitamin has taken center stage during recent years due to new research revealing how strongly this super-vitamin can affect one's health- most importantly women's health. ... read more »

Folic Acid Linked to Autism Prevention

If there is one thing that drives researchers it is a medical condition with no definitive cause. Autism is one of those conditions. Though there are some medical ideas about the possible roots of some forms of autism, there has yet to be one study producing a clear, concise and definitive cause of autism. ... read more »

Autism Linked to Mom's Immune System

The medical community has long held the belief that there's a link between a mother's immune system and the likelihood her child will develop autism but the exact mechanism that triggers the disorder has been elusive. ... read more »

Flu Vaccine Gives Pregnant Women Surprising Benefit

The flu is associated with fever, nausea and vomiting. Recent studies have linked fever with increased risk of autism, so preventing flu infection is extremely important during pregnancy. ... read more »

What are Autism Spectrum Disorders?

Autism is a simple name for a complex array of disorders. Disorders associated with autism are generally focused on socialization and communication. ... read more »

Autism and Glutamate Receptors

Using data on the action of mGlu5 receptors on the cell's surface, pharmaceutical companies developed drugs that would lower the volume of the surface receptors and control autistic behavior. ... read more »

Genetic Similarity Between Autism and Schizophrenia

New discoveries of genetic mutations link autism, schizophrenia, certain seizure disorders, and certain intellectual disabilities as stemming from a common origin. ... read more »

Customized Technology for Autistic Kids

There’s a very interesting collaboration going on in Kansas. It’s bringing together the best of several worlds for the benefit of kids who are autistic or developmentally challenged in various ways. ... read more »

Educational Support for Children of Resolved Autism

A new study reveals some cognitive and social symptoms of autism may linger and require on-going educational support for best long-term outcomes. ... read more »

Anti-Anxiety Meds May “Rebalanced” Autistic Brains

A team of Seattle-based scientists found that the administration of certain anti-anxiety drugs seems to rebalance the autistic brain in ways that make impulse control more& effective. ... read more »

Parents Pushing for Autism Coverage from Obamacare

Enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) leaves coverage of autism and many other medical issues up to state exchanges to establish the details of coverage if any. ... read more »

Oxytocin May Help Children with Autism

A single dose of oxytocin enhances brain activity while children with autism engage in social information, according to results of a recent study performed by researchers from Yale University. ... read more »

Nutrition During Pregnancy Can Affect Child’s Autism Risk

How a particular type of fat consumed during pregnancy can affect a child's autism risk. ... read more »

Dad Creates App to Rate Autistic-Friendly Places

One father of an autistic child knows how valuable the so-called autism community is. He’s expanding the communal value in a free ratings-style app he calls “Autism Village.” ... read more »

Maternal Viral Infection May Increase Autism Risk in Fetus

A recent study shows that activating a woman's immune system during pregnancy interferes with the development of neural cells in the brains of her offspring in a way that damages the cells' ability to transmit signals and communicate with other cells. ... read more »

Antidepressants During Pregnancy Do Not Increase Autism Risk

There does not appear to be a connection between taking antidepressant medication and the risk of autism, according to a new study that could not find evidence of an association between the two. ... read more »

Smoking During Pregnancy Not Linked to Autism

Tobacco smoke and the chemicals produced have long been linked to problems and conditions with the fetus. The conditions range from low birth weight, prematurity and in some instances birth defects. ... read more »

Bacterial Infection During Pregnancy Increases Autism Risk

Pregnant women who experience a bacterial infection while in a hospital may be at higher risk for having a child with autism, according to a new study. ... read more »

Increased Risk of Autism for Children of Mothers with Lupus

Children born to mothers with Lupus are at twice the risk of developing autism spectrum disorders (ASD) than are those born to women without the disease, according to a new study. ... read more »

Could Breastfeeding Be a Deterrent to Autism?

It is just a hypothesis. But breastfeeding may deter the development of autism later in life, according to a recent article published in the medical journal, Medical Hypotheses. ... read more »

SSRIs Before Pregnancy May Increase Baby’s Autism Risk

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are a class of medications often prescribed for anxiety and depression, even during pregnancy. The concern has been that these prescription drugs taken during pregnancy may increase the risk that the child the woman carries will develop autism. ... read more »

Psychiatric Disorders Linked to Environmental Stressors During Gestation

A team of researchers based at Yale University seem to be one giant step closer to solving the riddles of when and how some psychiatric disorders start. ... read more »

Researchers Devise an Effective Autism Screening Tool

The sooner autism is diagnosed, the sooner treatment and coping strategies can begin. The sooner these therapies begin, the better the chance the child will thrive throughout life. A new study has found a way to assess a child's risk much sooner. Seems it's all about the tilt and size of the head. ... read more »

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